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Enabling Methods for Reallocation of IPv4 Resources

This proposal outlines a framework to migrate previously allocated IPv4 resources from one Local Internet Registry (LIR) to another LIR within the RIPE NCC Service Region.

Summary of Proposal:

This proposal outlines a framework to migrate previously allocated IPv4 resources from one Local Internet Registry (LIR) to another LIR within the RIPE NCC Service Region.

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After receiving feedback on the first version of the proposal during the initial discussion phase, the policy text is edited and the changes that are proposed can be seen on the drafted policy document.

Rationale:

Arguments Supporting the Proposal

  • Once the IANA resources and subsequently the ability of the RIRs to supply LIRs with fresh IPv4 allocations run out, a new mechanism needs to be in place to cope with that situation. With this new policy, a framework is created to enable usage of the probably significant pool of 'allocated but unused' IPv4 resources. By implementing both a permanent and a non-permanent transfer, most mechanisms that will evolve for moving such space can probably be accommodated.
  • Transferring resources between non-LIRs and between LIRs of different RIRs is outside the scope of this policy. Not implementing this or similar policies will not stop such new mechanisms from evolving.
Arguments Opposing the Proposal
  • This policy proposal allows LIRs to move around allocations without prior approval by RIPE NCC. This is a big departure from currently set policy. It also leans heavily on the quality of (execution of) current allocation policy to prevent potential abuse or an increased speed of depletion.